Neonatal male circumcision is associated with altered adult socio-affective processing

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Neonatal male circumcision is associated with altered adult socio-affective processing. / Miani, Alessandro; Di Bernardo, Gian Antonio; Højgaard, Astrid Ditte et al.

In: Heliyon, Vol. 6, No. 11, e05566, 11.2020.

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Miani A, Di Bernardo GA, Højgaard AD, Earp BD, Zak PJ, Landau AM et al. Neonatal male circumcision is associated with altered adult socio-affective processing. Heliyon. 2020 Nov;6(11):e05566. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e05566

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Miani, Alessandro ; Di Bernardo, Gian Antonio ; Højgaard, Astrid Ditte et al. / Neonatal male circumcision is associated with altered adult socio-affective processing. In: Heliyon. 2020 ; Vol. 6, No. 11.

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title = "Neonatal male circumcision is associated with altered adult socio-affective processing",
abstract = "Background: Neonatal male circumcision is a painful skin-breaking procedure that may affect infant physiological and behavioral stress responses as well as mother-infant interaction. Due to the plasticity of the developing nociceptive system, neonatal pain might carry long-term consequences on adult behavior. In this study, we examined whether infant male circumcision is associated with long-term psychological effects on adult socio-affective processing.Methods: We recruited 408 men circumcised within the first month of life and 211 non-circumcised men and measured socio-affective behaviors and stress via a battery of validated psychometric scales.Results: Early-circumcised men reported lower attachment security and lower emotional stability while no differences in empathy or trust were found. Early circumcision was also associated with stronger sexual drive and less restricted socio-sexuality along with higher perceived stress and sensation seeking.Limitations: This is a cross-sectional study relying on self-reported measures from a US population.Conclusions: Our findings resonate with the existing literature suggesting links between altered emotional processing in circumcised men and neonatal stress. Consistent with longitudinal studies on infant attachment, early circumcision might have an impact on adult socio-affective traits or behavior.",
author = "Alessandro Miani and {Di Bernardo}, {Gian Antonio} and H{\o}jgaard, {Astrid Ditte} and Earp, {Brian D} and Zak, {Paul J} and Landau, {Anne M} and J{\o}rgen Hoppe and Michael Winterdahl",
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doi = "10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e05566",
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T1 - Neonatal male circumcision is associated with altered adult socio-affective processing

AU - Miani, Alessandro

AU - Di Bernardo, Gian Antonio

AU - Højgaard, Astrid Ditte

AU - Earp, Brian D

AU - Zak, Paul J

AU - Landau, Anne M

AU - Hoppe, Jørgen

AU - Winterdahl, Michael

N1 - © 2020 The Author(s).

PY - 2020/11

Y1 - 2020/11

N2 - Background: Neonatal male circumcision is a painful skin-breaking procedure that may affect infant physiological and behavioral stress responses as well as mother-infant interaction. Due to the plasticity of the developing nociceptive system, neonatal pain might carry long-term consequences on adult behavior. In this study, we examined whether infant male circumcision is associated with long-term psychological effects on adult socio-affective processing.Methods: We recruited 408 men circumcised within the first month of life and 211 non-circumcised men and measured socio-affective behaviors and stress via a battery of validated psychometric scales.Results: Early-circumcised men reported lower attachment security and lower emotional stability while no differences in empathy or trust were found. Early circumcision was also associated with stronger sexual drive and less restricted socio-sexuality along with higher perceived stress and sensation seeking.Limitations: This is a cross-sectional study relying on self-reported measures from a US population.Conclusions: Our findings resonate with the existing literature suggesting links between altered emotional processing in circumcised men and neonatal stress. Consistent with longitudinal studies on infant attachment, early circumcision might have an impact on adult socio-affective traits or behavior.

AB - Background: Neonatal male circumcision is a painful skin-breaking procedure that may affect infant physiological and behavioral stress responses as well as mother-infant interaction. Due to the plasticity of the developing nociceptive system, neonatal pain might carry long-term consequences on adult behavior. In this study, we examined whether infant male circumcision is associated with long-term psychological effects on adult socio-affective processing.Methods: We recruited 408 men circumcised within the first month of life and 211 non-circumcised men and measured socio-affective behaviors and stress via a battery of validated psychometric scales.Results: Early-circumcised men reported lower attachment security and lower emotional stability while no differences in empathy or trust were found. Early circumcision was also associated with stronger sexual drive and less restricted socio-sexuality along with higher perceived stress and sensation seeking.Limitations: This is a cross-sectional study relying on self-reported measures from a US population.Conclusions: Our findings resonate with the existing literature suggesting links between altered emotional processing in circumcised men and neonatal stress. Consistent with longitudinal studies on infant attachment, early circumcision might have an impact on adult socio-affective traits or behavior.

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VL - 6

JO - Heliyon

JF - Heliyon

SN - 2405-8440

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